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Wedding dress

Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)
    11 December 1969 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean Muir, born 1928 - died 1995 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Worsted wool twill trimmed with braid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Pamela Harlech

  • Museum number:

    T.268-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jean Muir was known for her minimalist, perfectly proportioned designs in quality fabrics. This dress was worn by Pamela Talmey, a former Vogue editor, when she married William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech, in 1969. The fine white wool dress has a high mandarin collar, puffed sleeves, and an empire waist. The sole trimming is an applied Celtic design in braid on the bodice. At the wedding, the bride wore strips of braid in her hair to match the dress braid.

Many fashionable late 1960s and 1970s brides bought outfits by current designers, rather than from a specialist wedding boutique. This cream wool dress looks appropriately bridal, but was versatile enough to be worn afterwards as an evening dress.

Physical description

Wedding dress of cream worsted wool twill with an empire waist, a flared skirt and couched cord braid decoration trimmed on the chest.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1969 (made)
11 December 1969 (worn)

Artist/maker

Jean Muir, born 1928 - died 1995 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Worsted wool twill trimmed with braid

Dimensions

Circumference: 71.5 cm waist, Circumference: 82.5 cm bust, Length: 135 cm overall, Length: 32 cm to waist, Length: 64 cm sleeve, Circumference: 22 cm wristband, Length: 103 cm skirt, Circumference: 272 cm hem

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/2143.
T. 268 to C-1986 designed for and worn by Pamela Talmey-Colin for her marriage to William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech, on 11 December 1969.

Descriptive line

Wedding dress of cream worsted wool twill with braid decoration, designed by Jean Muir, Great Britain, 1969

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

De la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.

Labels and date

Designed for a winter wedding, this dress is cut with a high waistline and full-length, gently flared skirt. It has a high neck with a stand-up collar and long sleeves gathered into deep cuffs. The minimal decoration consists of couched cord on the bodice and precise, evenly spaced rows of top-stitching on the collar and cuffs. [1997]
Dress with Celtic scrollwork
Jean Muir (1928-95)
London, 1969
Headdress: Graham Smith (b.1938)
Shoes: DalCo, Italy

When Pamela Colin, American Vogue's resident London editor, married Lord Harlech she commissioned her dress from Jean Muir. Muir was one of London's most respected ready-to-wear designers. She was known for her understated approach and meticulous attention to detail. The bride's tasselled headdress, designed by Graham Smith, added a fashionable finishing touch.

Dress: wool
Headdress: cotton and synthetic fibres
Shoes: silk crêpe and leather, with ribbon rosettes trimmed with artificial pearls
Given and worn by Pamela, Lady Harlech
V&A: T.268 to C-1986 [2011]
WEDDING DRESS
English, Jean Muir, 1969
Cream worsted twill with couched cord decoration

The dress is cut with a high waistline and full-length, gently flared skirt. It has a high neck with stand-up collar and long sleeved gathered into deep cuffs. The minimal decoration consists of couched cord on the bodice and precise evenly spaced rows of top-stitching on the collar and cuffs. Such careful attention to detail and finish are the hallmarks of Jean Muir's clothes.

Worn and given by Pamela, Lady Harlech
T.286 [sic] to C-1986 [1988]

Materials

Worsted; Wool (textile)

Techniques

Twill weave; Braided; Couched

Categories

Women's clothes; Marriage; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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